Beer #118 - W/C 29 May 2017
BREWERY // The beautiful Deschutes River is depicted on the bottle you hold in your hand. The river gave the name to the brewery which was founded on it's banks in 1988. Deschutes started life as a brewpub in Bend, Oregon. The family and employee owned brewery has seen a lot of growth in recent years and is now one of the largest craft breweries in the USA. Sustainability is a big deal at Deschutes with the company being named a global sustainability leader in 2016. Several hundred thousand dollars have been donated to various charities over the past 2 years and the company of regularly listed in round-ups of the best companies to work for. Add to all that the fact that they produce some of the best beer in the World and it's clear they're onto a winner.
BEER // Mt. Batchelor is located just 20 miles from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. There is one ski lift in particular which holds a place close to the hearts of the Deschutes folks. Not only did they name a wonderful beer after the lift, they also hold an annual Red Chair Rally at the bottom which sounds like a lot of fun. Aptly, this is a beer made for the ski season - beautifully balancing malt and hops. The Cascade & Centennial hops make for decent bitterness with zesty citrus and pine notes. The 5 different European and American malts make for a lot of toffee, caramel flavours in this full bodies NWPA.
BREWERY // Deschutes
BEER // Red Chair
STYLE // Northwest PA
ORIGIN // Bend, Oregon
ABV // 6.2%
IBU // 60
HOPS // Cascade, Centennial
MALT // Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carapils, Pilsner
TEMPERATURE // Cool - around 9C. About half hour out of the fridge
FOOD MATCH // Senegalese Fish Balls. Chips w. Truffle Oil & Parmesan. Raclette. Burger.
GLASS // IPA Glass, Tulip